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Reflections Upon The Chapter Divisions Of Stephan Langton

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The chapter division has been taken over in the Hebrew Bibles, as well as a little bit later in the Greek ones. It is curious also, because of the great influence of the chapters in the reading of the Bible. The most influential division of the Bible has sections which are usually bigger than the 'setumot' and 'petuchot', and smaller than the 'parashiot' from Babylon, but which resemble very much the 'sedarim' which were in use in Palestine. Around the year 1224 a Bible was created in Paris, designated as the 'Exemplar Parisiensis' in the writings of Roger Bacon. The Paris Bible was a great service to theology. The best proof that Stephan Langton divided the Bible into chapters consists of a manuscript in Paris, which gives, on four pages or two folios, the whole division of Langton, by quoting the beginning words of each chapter.

Keywords: Babylon; chapter division; Hebrew Bibles; Palestine; Paris; Roger Bacon; Stephan Langton



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